Netflix has finally unveiled the first details of its new anti-password sharing measures. The streaming service had been warning users that this will be coming, but now it looks like it’s finally being serious about putting it into effect.
Netflix claims that anti-password sharing will be put in place in order to increase its revenue. Currently, millions of subscribers around the world use password sharing linked to one account that can then be used anywhere. These new anti-password sharing measures essentially means that password sharing will now be limited to one household and that users sharing an account outside of a household will need to pay to use the service.
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The Netflix Help Center recently uploaded a page detailing how anti-password sharing will work. Have a look below.
Who Can Use a Netflix Account Now?
Netflix accounts are still shareable, but only within one household. To ensure that your devices are associated with your primary location, Netflix is now asking users to connect to the Wi-Fi at your primary location, open the Netflix app or website, and watch something at least once every 31 days.
Can You Still Share Netflix With Someone Who Doesn’t Live With You?
No, accounts are only meant to be used within one household. Netflix will prompt users who try to sign into your account elsewhere to sign up for their own account instead and block their access until they do.
Netflix will NOT begin automatically charging account holders whose information is used outside of their homes.
Can Other Users on Your Netflix Account Save Their Profiles?
Yes, Netflix offers users a profile transfer feature that will allow them to migrate their show recommendations, watch history, and more to their own account if they decide to create one. This will give password sharers the opportunity to preserve their profile if they sign up for their own Netflix accounts.
Can You Still Use Netflix While Traveling?
Signing into Netflix outside of your home may lead to the device in use being blocked from Netflix. This could prevent you from signing into new devices while traveling, but Netflix has devised a workaround.
Traveling users who want to use Netflix on a hotel smart TV, company laptop, etc. can request a temporary code from the service when signing in. This will give them access to their account for seven consecutive days.
How Can You Prevent Netflix from Blocking Your Devices?
Signing into home Wi-Fi at least once every 31 days on your devices will make them “trusted devices,” which Netflix will remember and leave unblocked.
If your device has been blocked incorrectly, you’ll need to contact Netflix in order to get it unblocked.
How Will Netflix Know if You’re Not in Your Home/Primary Location?
Netflix uses information such as IP addresses, device IDs, and account activity to determine whether a device signed into your account is connected at your primary location.
If your device is being used outside your home by someone you haven’t authorized, you can sign into your account and sign out on all other devices, then change your password.
How Many Devices Will Netflix Let You Use Simultaneously in One Location?
That all depends on which plan you’re signed up for. Netflix offers four distinct price tiers, and the number of simultaneous streams varies on which tier you subscribe to.
|Basic With Ads ($6.99 per Month)||Basic ($9.99 per Month)||Standard ($15.49 per Month)||Premium ($19.99 per Month)|
|1 Device||1 Device||2 Devices||4 Devices|
We’ll just have to wait and see how users respond to these changes. Netflix hasn’t announced when we can expect these anti-password sharing changes to happen in South Africa, but it sounds like the service is set on making it happen soon.
Source: The Streamable